Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Being and Becoming KachinHistories Beyond the State in the Borderworlds of Burma$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mandy Sadan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265550

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265550.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM BRITISH ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.britishacademy.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright British Academy, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in BASO for personal use.date: 21 September 2021



(p.1) Introduction
Being and Becoming Kachin

Mandy Sadan

British Academy

This introductory chapter considers perspectives on modern Kachin ethno-nationalism from the vantage point of different communities in Burma, India, China, and Thailand. It discusses anthropological representations of ‘the Kachin’ in the work of Edmund Leach, Jonathan Friedman, and lately that of James C. Scott, and examines the political implications of these representations. The chapter also considers why historians have found it difficult to undertake detailed studies of this region and the dangers of over-privileging the mandala as the defining historical intellectual apparatus. The methodological approach and objectives of the book are outlined in relation to these issues, with a particular focus on Jinghpaw dynamic political expansionism as a critical historical construct. The chapter concludes by briefly outlining each chapter to follow.

Keywords:   Edmund Leach, Jonathan Friedman, James C. Scott, mandala, Kachin, Jinghpaw, political expansion

British Academy Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.